Do312 Users Top 100,000 After One Year in Chicago

Do312 Users Top 100,000 After One Year in Chicago

Chicago music, nightlife and entertainment website Do312 surged past 100,000 registered users in August, just a little more than one year after launching in June 2010. With daily calendar listings ranked by popular vote – like live music, gallery openings, comedy shows and more, Do312 has quickly become the go to resource for the city’s most happening happenings.

Do312 is dialed into the Chicago scene through its network of 50+ Tastemakers (bloggers, promoters, artists, band, DJs, and media), while partnerships with Lollapalooza, North Coast Music Festival, Riot Fest, and several of the city’s legendary venues and nightclubs help Do312 keep its users in the know. Ryan Manno, music curator at Angels & Kings, calls Do312 “the only site that always – without fail – clues me in on something I need to know about what’s happening in Chicago. It’s where to go when you need to know where to be.”

More than just a listing site, Do312 also offers the inside line on when shows are coming through town, big ticket on sales, and can’t miss events – plus, free ticket giveaways and secret guest lists. It was also recently voted Runner-Up for “Best Nightlife Blogger” in the 2011 Chicago Reader’s poll.

Speaking of cool giveaways, Do312 is giving away a pair of tickets to every single official North Coast Music Festival after party. The full rundown of official after parties – including STS9 with Big Gigantic, Thievery Corporation, Wolfgang Gartner with SBTRKT, and many more – can be found at Do312.com/ncmfafterparties. Enter to win tickets by simply clicking the “I Like It” button of the after show listing before Wednesday, August 31 at 11:59pm (CT).

For more info or to register for the weekly Do312 Must-Dos email, go to Do312.com.

Chicago Music Couple Michael McDermott and Heather Horton are Inseparable

By Eric Schelkopf from Total Scene

Michael McDermottAnd as I learned, they like it that way. Horton has been a member of McDermott’s band since 2005, and they were married in 2009.

Horton and McDermott also both have birthdays this week, and will celebrate by performing at a birthday bash Friday, Aug. 26, at Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave., Chicago.

The show starts at 8 p.m., and general admission tickets are $20, available at www.maynestage.com.

I had the chance to talk to Horton about a variety of topics, including how they balance being musicians while tending to the needs of their 1-year-old daughter, Rain.

Eric – The birthday bash is coming up, I see.You guys both have birthdays this week. And your daughter Rain just had a birthday, right?

Horton -She just did, yeah. She turned 1 on July 19. And then we took off for Europe.

Eric- Yes, I understand you were just in Italy. How was that?

Horton - It was amazing. It was extremely challenging, and we knew it would be. But it was just amazing.
I’m doing a documentary on Michael, which was less about the music and more about an American traveling through the center of Italy.

We’ve been there several times, but each time we go there, it solidifies our belief in what our roots can really do for us.

We’ve gone there and seen a 1,000-year-old castle. It’s just a whole different way of life over there, and it really makes you put things in perspective when you come back here.

Read the entire interview over at The Total Scene.